Jackson Hole Public Art and Center for the Arts selected Carney Logan Burke Architects to construct the 2018 Pavilion in The Center Park as part of The Center’s Creative in Residence program. Their concept titled, Town Enclosure, was selected from a pool of 10 submissions that included local architects, landscape architects, builders, and artists.
To identify the finalist, Jackson Hole Public Art conducted a blind submittal process. The identity of the artists was concealed from the selection panel until after the finalist had been identified. Only then were the applicants’ qualification packages revealed in order to ensure the team had the professional experience to carry out the project. The blind submittal process was used to ensure the concept was selected based purely on the merits of its design, verses panelists gravitating toward a known entity. The selection panel identified Town Enclosure as the concept that most clearly served the dual goals of being a sculpture and a gathering space.
“Town Enclosure will exist as a sculptural object on The Center Park lawn and a backdrop for the various activities this community park supports but it is much more than a sculpture… Created from a circular composition of timber panels, The Pavilion and the space it creates are both transparent and opaque according to one’s position and perspective. The enclosure is only fully experienced via movement around and within the object,” stated Carney Logan Burke.
Cities and towns across the country embrace informal gathering and performance areas that welcome creative community. From outdoor theaters, to bandstands and band shells, amphitheaters and stages, these spaces are free and open to the public − inviting serendipity and providing a platform for expression. The 2018 Pavilion will offer Center Residents, non-profits, and community groups an inspiring place to test free, accessible, gateway arts experiences with the public. A space that supports informal programming will help build future arts audiences and raise the visibility of the vibrant art making that takes place within The Center, benefitting The Center and its Residents.
“This privately funded opportunity was only open to local artists and architects in order to highlight the incredibly talented pool of creative professionals working in Jackson,” said Carrie Geraci, Jackson Hole Public Art Director. “I wish we could fund all of the concepts. Each would be a wonderful addition to public spaces throughout the valley.”
The Pavilion Project will serve as the 2018 Creative In Residence program, a new program through The Center Creative Initiatives program. Jackson Hole Public Art proposed a local design competition to erect a Pavilion for the summer of 2018 that will be both a sculpture and an accessible space where community artists and groups can practice, perform, and offer free and informal arts programs and experiences.